Truckee JV girls run table in Northern 3A
The Truckee High junior varsity girls basketball team completed a dream season, finishing a perfect 16-0 in Northern 3A league play after a 47-33 win at Yerington on Friday.
Katy Stephens led the offense with 13 points, including a timely 3-pointer. Callan Finney followed with eight points, six of which came in a hotly contested fourth quarter.
“We played a little tight in second and third quarter,” Truckee coach Geoff Stephens said. “The pressure to do the improbable of going undefeated started to take its toll on the girls. Fortunately, we met the challenge. The whole league has been shooting for us the last month and Yerington came out fired up, but we stayed together, held our composure and played great defense.”
Ten players scored for Truckee, a trademark of the group’s team play and depth, Stephens said. Kati Murphy scored six points while Addie Shaffer put in four and Arion Farley three.
“It was truly an honor to coach the girls this year,” Stephens said. “We’ve been with each other for almost four months. Like any team, we had our ups and downs physically and emotionally. I was pretty tough on them coming down the stretch, trying to keep their achievements in perspective. They earned every victory. I’m glad they let me tag along.”
The Wolverines finished the season 22-4 overall, losing only to 4A programs.
Truckee’s junior varsity girls basketball team defeated Dayton 51-18 last Wednesday.
The Wolverines jumped out to 20-0 first-quarter lead and never looked back.
“We changed things up against Dayton,” said Truckee head coach Geoff Stephens. “Normally we full-court press, but with sophomore Kati Murphy playing up with the varsity and sickness we had to adjust our personnel.”
Stephens moved Michelle Hoehn to wing and played Katy Stephens and Chelsea Cordell at post.
“These are really their natural positions and they all responded,” the coach said. “Instead of the normal full-court press and man defense, the girls opened the first quarter with a half-court trap and zone defense. I think we surprised them.”
Cordell led all scorers with 13 points, while Hoehn added 10 and Stephens six.
Brooke Griffin came off the bench to score eight, and Katelynn Gadsby chipped in six points. Callan Finney and Arion Farley capped the team scoring with four each.
Addie Shaffer and Lyla Bushnell led the way on defense with strong efforts in the match-up zone, and Haley Busby had three blocked shots. Point guard Annie Rodriguez played sparingly while trying to recover from a serious bout with the flu.